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Winter Activities

Equipment desk in the Activity Yurt

Activity Yurt

The Activity Yurt at C Lazy U Ranch sits on the shore of the pond, you can’t miss it! It is surrounded by a large deck which is a great place to hang out near the water, with lovely and serene views. Inside the Yurt is the equipment desk where staff will get you set up with whatever equipment you need for your chosen activity.

Archery

Archery is a complimentary activity at the ranch, using compound bows. Try your skills at traditional targets or three-dimensional targets. Archery is offered Monday-Saturday at 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM in the summer. It’s also offered in the Spring and Fall, see the Activity Schedule for times.

All necessary equipment for this on-ranch activity is provided and there is an extensive safety demonstration performed before all archery sessions begin.

Two men cross country skiing

Cross-Country Skiing Vacation

C Lazy U Ranch has four miles of groomed cross country ski trails located in the main meadow and on the upper mesa of the ranch. Guests are welcome to go out on their own or schedule a guided tour. Check out some of the vacation ski packages we offer. All equipment is provided and coordinated through the Activity Center.

Learn more about Cross-Country Skiing

Horses feeding

Feed Wagon

With the Feed Wagon Sleigh you will get the chance to feed our herd of 200 horses up close and learn about the herd dynamics when they are out to Pasture. If you are lucky, you may even spot Petey our miniature Donkey hanging out with his friends in the herd!

The Feed Wagon is only offered during the winter months when the horses are out to pasture and the ranch doesn’t jingle in the herd for trail rides. The Feed Wagon is not offered every day and this typically happens on a Sunday or a check-in/check-out day when the horses are off and we are not doing guest rides.  

fitness center

Fitness Center

Guests have complimentary access to C Lazy U’s Fitness Center. The gym is open 24/7, allowing you to work out whenever you’d like. The updated, modern gym features plenty of equipment:

  • Free weights
  • Machine weights
  • Elliptical machines
  • Treadmills

Horseback riding and all the other ranch activities offered at C Lazy U Ranch surely gets the blood flowing, but guests who have their own workout routine don’t have to give it up while on a dude ranch vacation. Contact us if you’d like more information about our gym facilities.

game room at c lazy u

Game Room

The Game Room is located in the basement of the Patio House and offers pool, shuffleboard, air hockey, ping pong, and foosball.

axe throwing at hay bails

Hatchet Throwing

Hatchet throwing a fun activity that is offered at the ranch two times each day during the summer and is safe for ages 6 and up. The Director of Activities oversees this activity and ensures it is safe in a controlled environment, so channel your inner lumberjack and throw some hatchets!

Hatchet throwing is offered in Spring, Summer and Fall.

horsemanship groundwork activity

Horsemanship Clinic

The Horsemanship Clinic is a groundwork session in the indoor arena.  The clinic provides basic groundwork instruction and allows riders to get more comfortable with their horses through a variety of leadership exercises.  The clinic is available to adults only with a maximum of 6 people per session and it can be suited to any skill level.

This activity is available upon request and is not offered daily.  Please check with the Outfitters Cabin to schedule a Horsemanship Clinic during your stay.

Ice Skating and Ice Hockey

Guests can enjoy ice-skating anytime on our Zamboni-groomed pond, or enjoy a spirited pick-up broom ball or daily hockey game in the afternoon. Figure skates, hockey skates, hockey sticks, and broom ball equipment are all provided.

Note: When the pond is closed due to warmer weather, C Lazy U Ranch offers Archery and Hatchet throwing in the afternoons.

Lazy You Hideaway

Adults Only at the new Lazy You Hideaway spa lounge. This exclusive retreat offers modern, luxurious amenities, including a rejuvenating hot tub and invigorating cold plunges to help you recover from saddle soreness, and a sauna with a stunning glass wall providing panoramic views of the Continental Divide. Relax and unwind in the comfortable lounge area with a fire pit, knowing that this peaceful haven is strictly for adults, ensuring a tranquil environment. Experience ultimate relaxation and breathtaking scenery at the Lazy You Hideaway.

Learn More about the Lazy You Hideaway

Lazy You Spa

The award-winning Lazy You Spa is located on the banks of Willow Creek in five heated tents, two of which are massage tents with glass floors suspended over the river. Listen to the gentle flow of the river and recuperate with one of our relaxing massages, a copper tub soak, scrub, or a facial. Winter services are in a different location with a cozy sitting room and crackling fire.

Learn more about the Lazy You Spa

Shopping at Luis’ Old Place

The Mercantile at Luis’ Old Place is the ranch’s general store. This unique store, located in an old donkey barn, houses items you may have forgotten to pack, as well as branded apparel or the perfect unique gift. Get the cowboy boots, hat and belt buckle you have always wanted. Open daily from 8am to 5pm. Additional shopping options in Grand Lake, Granby, or Winter Park.

Resort skiing

Ski Packages to Local Resorts

Guests wanting to ski at a nearby resort can take the ranch’s complimentary daily shuttles to Ski Granby Ranch and Winter Park Resort. Winter Park was just rated the #1 ski resort in North America by USA Today!

The ranch concierge can also help set up transportation, guided skiing, equipment rentals, lift tickets, and lessons.

Learn More About Skiing at Nearby Resorts

Sleigh Rides

Sleigh Rides are available during the winter months. 

Sleigh Rides typically venture out into the beautiful meadows for a scenic ride through the snow.  On this excursion you will meet our team of Belgian Draft Horses and will learn about the “horsepower” behind these magnificent animals. Sleigh Rides with our team of Belgian’s are available most days at 10:15 a.m. as a group activity for up to 12 people.

Join us for your next family winter vacation sleigh ride adventure!

Snow Tubing

The ranch has its own private tubing hill on property where you can enjoy a thrilling ride on a one or two person tube. Snowmobiles provide access to the top of the hill. This adventure takes place every afternoon at 2:00 pm during the winter months. Helmets are required and provided and this activity is included at no additional cost.

Snowmobiling

Looking for a snowmobiling vacation experience in the Colorado Rocky Mountains? C Lazy U Ranch operates its own snowmobile tours on ranch property and has has a fleet of snowmobiles for the guests to use. Tours of up to eight people last two hours and explore a wide variety of ranch terrain. Tours are $150 for one person and $45 per additional rider.

Sign up at the Outfitter’s Cabin. Helmets are required and provided. Must be 16 with a valid driver’s license to drive.

Snowshoeing

C Lazy U Ranch was voted the 2nd best snowshoe destination in the world by Snowshoe Magazine because of the remarkable trail system and beauty of the ranch. Guests are welcome to explore the ranch’s 8,500 acres on their own or schedule a guided tour. All equipment is provided and coordinated through the Activity Center.

  Winter Trail Map

The Jingle

One of C Lazy U Ranch’s most exciting events is the Daily Jingle.  The Jingle is when the horses go out to pasture in the afternoon and come back in the morning to get ready for the daily horseback rides. It is called the Jingle because in the past bells were tied on the mischievous horses who liked to hide from being rounded up by wranglers in the dark, early mornings. 

This event happens almost every day of the year and goes out and comes in from different directions on ranch depending on the selected pasture location.  You can expect to see this in the afternoon from 4-5pm and in the morning from 6:30am to 8:30am depending on the season (it’s always earlier in the summer).  In the afternoons we ring the “jingle bell” to alert guests so they can come out to experience this unique spectacle.

winter trail ride on horseback

Winter Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in winter is offered both indoors and out.

For indoor riding, our 12,000 square-foot indoor arena is the place to be! You won’t just do laps around the rail either, guests can take lessons and attend clinics.

For outdoor riding, nothing quite beats the beauty and quiet of a snowy trail ride over the hills and through the woods.

More Details about Riding in Winter

Winter Trap Shooting

Winter trap shooting is available once daily before lunch. Guests can sign-up in the Outfitter’s Cabin, and this activity carries an added charge of $50.00 per person. A wide variety of age-appropriate firearms are available, including a .22, .410, and 12-gauge shotgun. Ranch personnel are well-trained in gun safety and all guests who participate are required to attend a safety briefing before shooting.

For the safety of our staff and guests, please leave your personal firearms at home. Thank you!

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